Ida Valjean Smead, 69, of Mexico, Mo., formerly of Wrights Corners and Hastings, Fla., passed away Friday (May 9, 2014) at Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Mo.
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Born Sept. 15, 1944, in Ridgway, she was a daughter of the late Wilbur James and Estella Baughman Work. On Aug. 30, 1963, in Gifford, she married Wilbur J. Smead, who died on Aug. 5, 2011.
Mrs. Smead was a 1959 graduate of Smethport High School and was named "The Einstein of 59" by her classmates. Throughout her working career she had been employed at Rich & Company, Corning Class Works, Kessel Construction, Micale Construction and retired from Minard Run Oil.
Many will remember Ida for the delicious blueberries she and her husband grew at their home in Wrights Corners. She enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles and most of all loved spending time with family and friends talking about her grandchildren.
She is survived by a daughter, Jodi M. (Bernie) Moore of Mexico, Mo.; a son, Wilbur J. "Jay" Smead of Palm Coast, Fla.; six grandchildren, Timothy Smead of Palatka, Fla., Sarah Collier and Matthew Smead, both of St. Augustine, Fla., Wilbur James "Jay" Smead IV of Palm Coast and Christopher and Allyson Moore, both of Mexico, Mo.; seven great-grandchildren; her two nephews she helped raise, James Russell (Tina) Kerr of Erie and William Allen (Tracy) Kerr of Lewis Run; a sister, Mildred (Robert) Chase of Erie; a brother, Mervin (Rosemary) Work of Girard; and many, many nieces and nephews scattered across the country.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Warren Word; and Joanne Morgan.
Family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., 33 South Ave., where funeral and committal services will immediately follow with the Rev. Eric Kessel, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Fairmont Cemetery.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to a
Published in The Bradford Era from May 13 to May 20, 2014
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